Trevi Fountain
Rome • Italy

From: Rome Travel Guide

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Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is one of the most famous and impressive fountains within Rome.

The Fountain is at the very end of the Aqua Virgo which was an aqueduct designed by the general Agrippa which brings water all the way from the Salone Springs which is some 20 kilometers away and supplied Rome with water.

The Trevi fountain was designed by Bernini in around 1485 but never came about due to the death of Pope Urban VIII. It was then not until Nicola Salvi was commissioned by Pope Clement XII in 1732 to build a fountain that Bernini's original designs of the fountain were once again used.

The fountain was completed in 1762 and shows Neptune the god of the sea riding behind two horses on a chariot that is in the shape of a sea shell. The horses are being guided by a Triton and were designed to show the changing moods of the sea with one of the horses being relaxed and calm and the other quite restful. Behind Neptune is a statue that represents Abundance and another that represents health. Beneath Neptune are rocks and ledges which the water gently cascades down into a semi circular basin shape which represents the sea.

There are many legends surrounding the tossing of a coin into the fountain the most well known is that if you do toss a coin into the fountain that you will some day return to the Eternal City of Rome.

The fountain is an incredible place to visit during the day and becomes simply magical at night.

Attraction Location Guide
Trevi Fountain is just over half a mile away from the Capitoline Museum in the centre of Rome.